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Trial Glider Flight -A Special and Memorable Gift-Available from mid September 2020

Looking for a special memorable gift? Or just want to treat yourself to a glider flight for the experience. Or perhaps you want to learn to fly but are not sure how to start. A Trial Glider Flight with the Kent Gliding Club is the ideal gift and provides a perfect opportunity to give your friend or loved one a really special experience that they will always remember. Flying in one of the Club's two seater gliders, a Trial Glider Flight at the Kent Gliding Club provides a breathtaking opportunity to see the beautiful Kent countryside and coastline from the air and provides the opportunity to take the controls and fly the glider under the expert tuition of one of our experienced instructors.

Discounts are available on multiple bookings so why not include others and enjoy the experience together. 

We hope to restart Introductory Flights (Trial Lessons) and Day Courses by the middle of August. We plan to offer these on pre-arranged days, probably a Friday afternoon or an evening for Trial Flights; and either a Tuesday or a Thursday for Day Courses. To buy an Introductory Flight or book a Day Course please contact the office.(see below)

If you would like to be advised directly when flight bookings will open, please email the Kent Gliding Club Office (details below), and we will keep you updated via e mail about our re-opening progress.  Further details will appear on our web site.

The Department for Transport has advised that gliding clubs can now offer two seat gliding training again with effect from 4th July. We at Kent Gliding Club look forward to inviting everyone to come and fly with us again as soon as possible.

Covid 19 precautions: We want to ensure that both the instructor and the passenger experiencing the trial lesson or day course are protected from the risk of transmission of COVID 19.  Therefore, we are delaying the start of trial lessons and day courses until we are satisfied that all our Covid 19 protection processes are robust so that you can visit and enjoy your flight with confidence. We have already fitted transparent, partitions between the instructor and passenger seating areas of our training gliders and have prepared detailed operational procedures to optimise hygiene and anti-viral protection.


Voucher Validity:  If you already have a Kent Gliding Club voucher, the voucher validity will be automatically extended by six months to cover the COVID 19 shutdown. You need take no further action.

If you have a third-party voucher, sold by the BGA, Virgin or Into the Blue, and you are worried about it expiring please contact the Kent Gliding Club Office (details below) and we will advise you of what has to be done.

The Kent Gliding Office is now open for two mornings a week on Saturday and Wednesday, please call at any time and leave a voice mail or email as detailed below:

Contact details   (Voucher Sales/Flight and Course Booking/Membership Enquires)

Telephone: 01233 740307




To book a Trial Glider Flight please click on the links on this page or call the club 01233 740274 on Wednesday or Saturday or Sunday.

Trial Glider Flight Price         £100  per person per flight     Includes:-

An aerotow behind a power plane to 2,000ft  (actual height will depend on the weather conditions) in a 2 seater glider with instructor.

A glider flight with instructor of about 15 minutes or upto 25 minutes if conditions permit. A chance to take the controls subject to conditions and instructor decision.

£50 discount from membership fee of Kent Gliding Club if you would like to join the club. 

Access to the club cafe and facilities for you and family and friends on the day of your flight. Free parking is available. (family and friends may be permitted to join you at the take off point subject to the Airfield Controllers decision on the day. (Dogs and pets are not allowed on the airfield-Children must be supervised at all times).

Trial flights are booked for specific time slots on Saturdays and Sundays and on certain weekdays. Bookings made for the busy Summer months (June, July and August) may require two or more weeks notice depending on how busy we are at the time. We advise you to make your booking as soon as you have decided upon a day and date.

You will be sent more information following your booking with useful information. 

If your flight has to be postponed due to unsatisfactory weather, we will contact you and book a suitable alternative date.

Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. If your voucher becomes out of date and no bookings have been made, then the voucher should be returned to the Gliding Club requesting an extension.

Click here to buy your Trial Glider Flight  online Now

Or phone our office 01233 740274 on Wed or Sat or Sunday


Check out this video below of a recent trial flight

Most people first experience gliding with a Trial Glider Flight with a British Gliding Association trained instructor.

A Trial Lesson student prepares to fly

Trial Glider Flights last around 15 minutes.The instructor flies the glider usually from the rear seat. Controls and instruments are duplicated so you can take control and fly the glider under supervision but of course, only if you want to and subject to the instructor's decision.Launch is usually by aerotow...the glider is towed into the air by a power plane.



                                                                                         Trial Lesson Flying


Basic Requirements for a Trial Glider Flight

You must be 14 or over to be able to have a Trial Glider Flight or go on a gliding course. The maximum weight limit is approximately 16 stone (101kg). If you are at this limit, please check with us before booking.

You will have to sign a health declaration. However, if you are fit enough to drive a car, you will be able to have a Trial Glider Flight or go on a gliding course. We can make suitable arrangements to overcome most disabilities if you make us aware when booking.

Click here to buy your Trial Glider Flight online Now

Or phone our office 01233 740274 on Wed, Sat or Sunday


An aerotow in progress. A tow-rope connects the power plane to the glider which the glider releases when at height.





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